Department of Physical Therapy Student Theses, Dissertations and Capstones

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Master of Physical Therapy (MPT)

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Purpose: The purpose of my study was to assess the cognitive retention of CPR in Florida licensed physical therapists and physical therapy students.

Subjects: 217 subjects participated in my study. Of 300 surveys sent to Florida licensed physical therapists, 59 were included in the study yielding a 20% return rate. Of the 168 physical therapy students surveyed at Nova Southeastern University, 158 were returned yielding a 94% return rate.

Methodology: A self-designed survey instrument was used. Data analysis included descriptive statistics, cross-tabulations, chi-square analysis, and Pearson correlations. Alpha level was set at .05. Reported demographic information was compared to correct answer responses.

Results: Pearson correlations showed a significant positive relationship between experience in the PT profession and CPR retention. Demographic variables affecting retention were: occupational settings, certification organization, degree earned, and experience as Physical Therapist.

Conclusion: Physical therapy students scored lower on every case scenario than Florida licensed physical therapists. Retention weaknesses were: initial response to an obstructed airway and initial action after a cleared airway obstruction. Retention strengths were found to be initial response to a victim and action after first CPR cycle.


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